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Museum honours outstanding individuals

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Sir Hugh Kawharu Auckland Museum Scholarship award winner Nikau Hindin.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum has honoured the careers of four outstanding individuals in its annual Museum Medals ceremony. The Auckland Museum Medals for 2014 were presented at a function at the Museum on 23 September 2014, to:

  • Linda Tyler - who has championed the role of university collections and museums and represented New Zealand at international conferences. With some 20 years’ experience in the museum sector, she actively supports the use of museum collections by undergraduate and postgraduate students and energetically seeks new opportunities for research and its dissemination.
  • Margaret S. Morley – who has made an outstanding contribution to the work of Auckland Museum, in particular the advancement of its marine collections. Her sharing of knowledge and enthusiasm has extended to participation in exhibition development and the delivery of talks and other public programmes for the Museum. 
  • Dame Cheryll Sotheran DNZM – whose outstanding contribution to the New Zealand museum sector has been far-reaching. Recognised as a leader within the wider creative economy and cultural community, in particular through her roles with central government agencies including New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
  • Professor Jonathan Ngarimu Mane-Wheoki CNZM – who has contributed significantly to academic and museum circles and has held senior positions that place him at the forefront in on-going dialogue about New Zealand’s history and expression in the arts.

Linda Tyler and Margaret Morley were made Associate Emerita of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. This is awarded to Museum staff, research associates, volunteers or other individuals associated with the Museum to mark noteworthy achievement. Their contributions to Auckland Museum, or to the interests of the Museum, are considerable, and have the potential for long-term benefit.

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki and Dame Cheryll Sotheran were made a Companion of the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which recognises achievement or contribution to areas relevant to, or in some way connected to, the public service of Auckland Museum or other New Zealand museums.

The recipient’s profiles are provided below.   

Speaking at the event, Auckland Museum Director Roy Clare said: “We’re thrilled to be awarding Museum Medals to these very deserving recipients.  Auckland Museum values scholarship, academic achievement, research and service to the community and all of our awardees have made significant contributions in these areas. It is a pleasure to honour them and celebrate with their families and friends.”  

Also recognised was former Museum Director, Evan ‘Graham’ Turbott who was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the Museum. Graham served 35 years at Auckland Museum, 15 years as Director, a position he held until retirement in 1979. He celebrated his own centenary this year, turning 100 in May.

The event also featured a keynote address by Professor Conal McCarthy, Programme Director Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, and a short presentation on DIY culture in post-war New Zealand by Ryan Bogardus, an Auckland University student who received a Nancy Bamford Research Grant in 2013. In addition, the inaugural Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship was presented to Auckland University student Nikau Hindin. It comprises a 10,000 grant and is made available to a full-time student of Māori descent who has an interest in cultural heritage.

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Auckland Museum Medal 2014 recipient profiles

Linda Tyler - Associate Emerita of Auckland War Memorial Museum

Linda Tyler awarded Associate Emerita of Auckland War Memorial Museum. Pictured: Dr William Randall, Chair, Auckland Museum Trust Board; Linda Tyler; Roy Clare, Director, Auckland Museum

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Linda Tyler was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Centre for Art Studies at The University of Auckland in February 2006.  Prior to this, Linda was Curator of Pictorial Collections at the Hocken Library at the University of Otago, where she compiled and published a book entitled Treasures of the Hocken Collections. She now administers The University of Auckland Art Collection and manages programmes and exhibitions at the Gus Fisher Gallery, as well as monthly changing digital and on-site exhibitions held in the General Library under the auspices of the Window project.

Linda gained an MA with first class honours in Art History at the University of Canterbury in 1986.  She taught art history at Victoria University as an Assistant Lecturer and then worked as a Researcher for the Historic Places Trust National Office. From 1989 to 1992 she was Curator of Art Collections at the Waikato Museum of Art and History where she curated the Sesquicentennial Award-winning exhibition Te Mihaia Hou: Maungapohatu and the Prophet Rua Kenana. For three years she was Head of History and Theory at the Dunedin School of Art before being seconded to set up and lead the Design History and Theory programme at Unitec in 1995. There she received the Institute’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in1996 before returning to work at the Hocken Library. She is considered an expert in the New Zealand work of the Austrian émigré architect Ernst Plischke and has published widely on this and a range of other art historical topics.

Margaret S. Morley - Associate Emerita of Auckland War Memorial Museum

During 22 years as a volunteer Research Associate in the Museum’s Marine Department, Margaret Morley has made a huge contribution to the value and knowledge base of the Museum’s natural science collections. She has catalogued over 3000 specimens, identified nearly 8500 specimen lots, and participated in over 900 field trips around New Zealand.  Molluscs collected during her trips to such places as the Kermadec, Sub-Antarctic and Chatham Islands have been added to the Auckland Museum Marine collections.

She has also helped curate major permanent exhibitions, like Weird and Wonderful, and The Coastal and Oceans Gallery; given numerous talks on behalf of the Museum, both internally and externally; and generally advanced the cause of marine science.

Margaret has assisted numerous post-graduate students with their thesis work, and made her knowledge available to organisations, such as DoC and Auckland Council. She has been a member of the Conchology Section of Auckland Museum Institute since the early 1980s, is a Life member and a Vice-Patron. She has also authored or co-authored an impressive number of scientific articles and research papers on marine fauna that carry the Auckland Museum by-line.  Margaret is currently studying and publishing on ostracods (marine ‘water fleas’).  In 2004 she wrote a book, A Photographic Guide to Seashells of New Zealand

Dame Cheryll Sotheran, DNZM – Companion of Auckland War Memorial Museum

Dame Cheryll Sotheran has had an extensive career in the cultural and tourism sectors, including university teaching in the humanities, senior management in the museum sector, and most recently, economic development for the creative industries, tourism and iwi.

Dame Cheryll was the founding CEO of the Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa from 1993-2002. Prior to that, she was Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (1984-1989) and the Dunedin Pubic Art Gallery (1989-1993). During her time as a Museum professional, Dame Cheryll was Chairperson of the New Zealand Art Gallery Directors Council and Art Gallery and Museums Association of New Zealand, and a member of New Zealand Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council.

Dame Cheryll was appointed Sector Director Creative Industries at Industry New Zealand in December 2002, and has continued in various senior roles for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise until her retirement in 2014.

In 1998, Dame Cheryll was made Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to museum administration. She also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Auckland in 1999. Dame Cheryll is a current board member of the Air Force Museum New Zealand and a trustee of the Endangered Species Foundation of NZ.

Professor Jonathan Ngarimu Mane-Wheoki, CNZM - Companion of Auckland War Memorial Museum

Professor Jonathan Ngarimu Mane-Wheoki CNZM was awarded Companion of Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (Ngāpuhi/Te Aupouri/Ngāti Kuri) was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Art History and Dean of Music and Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury, and Director of Art and Collection Services at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. He was Head of the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland from 2009 to 2012, where he remains on staff part-time. In 2013 he returned to Te Papa to take up the position of Head of Arts and Visual Culture.

Jonathan is an historian of art, architecture and culture. He is especially noted as a pioneer in the development of contemporary Māori and Pacific art and art history, and has a significant international reputation as an indigenous voice in art history and museology. A strong advocate for the humanities and creative arts as well as Māori knowledge and education, he has served on a wide range of national and international bodies, including Creative New Zealand, the Arts Foundation, and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

A lecturer and public speaker of distinction, this charismatic teacher has fostered a generation of curators, art historians, and museum professionals.  He was declared a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Evan Graham Turbott – Lifetime Achievement

Graham Turbott studied zoology at Auckland University College and was appointed Assistant Zoologist (later Ornithologist/Entomologist) at Auckland Museum in 1937. After time with the RNZAF, and a year in the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands, he returned to work at Auckland Museum in 1945. Graham served in various capacities in the running of the Ornithological Society, including a period as president (1949–1952). In 1957 he became Assistant Director and Keeper of Zoology at Canterbury Museum, and in 1964, Graham again returned to Auckland Museum as Director, a position he held for 15 years until retirement in 1979. 

During this time Graham developed a new bird hall (opened in 1972).  He was co-author of the influential A Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand (1966) and also editor of Buller’s History of the Birds of New Zealand: a New Edition (1967). Graham has published some 80 papers and articles dealing with natural history or museum organisation. 

Graham served 35 years at Auckland Museum and immediately upon his retirement in August 1979 the Museum Council conferred on him the title of “Director Emeritus”. Other awards have included the Queen Service Order (1977) and fellowship of both the Ornithological Society (1997) and Art Galleries and Museums Association (1956).